Variety in Knowledge Sourcing, geography and innovation: Evidence from the ICT sector in Austria

Markus Grillitsch, Franz Tödtling, Christoph Höglinger

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


It has been argued that innovation increasingly depends on external knowledge sources. Still unclear is if relations to particular knowledge sources or to a broad variety of sources matter for innovation. Also, there is a debate on the issue which spatial levels are most relevant. In this context, we investigate for ICT firms in Austria the importance of variety in knowledge sourcing for their innovativeness and the relevance of geography in this respect. The results show that more innovative firms tend to exploit a larger variety of regional and international sources. We also find that R&D cooperations and in-house knowledge capabilities are highly important, while firm´s location only shows a weak association with their innovativeness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25 - 44
JournalPapers in Regional Science. The Journal of the Regional Science Association International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502047 Economic theory
  • 502014 Innovation research
  • 507016 Regional economy
  • 509

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